Caught by Squad!

Friday, 26th October 2007, 1720 hrs
Bangalore City Railway Station.

Sailu has to catch Kachiguda Express.I have one Five rupee coin, one old Two rupee coin and two new One rupee coins in my wallet.Any combination of these coins will not please Platform Ticket Vending Machine to dispense one ticket for me.So I went to the counter, saw the serpentine queue and took chance! Sailu warned me. But I ignored her advice.

We both entered the Platform-1 took left and headed to over bridge to reach Platform-3.Climbed on to it. Saw a Ticket Examiner but ignored him as he is at the exit and I am not going towards him.

“Ticket Sir”, a female voice of a Railway Squad member.

Result : Paid 250/- as fine.
Lesson: Never take chance.

Got role change

Last Friday [ 05-Oct-07] I got a mail from HR that my role has been changed to PA.Climbed one rung ( the first one, of course) in the so called “corporate ladder”

Though this news is in air from quite sometime, it has been announced formally on last Friday.

However, I still have to wait for 6 more months i.e till April,2008 to reap its benefits fully!

Seems like my decision to stick is paying off. But still have to wait for some more time to fully cherish.

Weekend trip to Trivandrum

Last weekend [ 31-Aug-07(started), 1-Sep-07 and 2-Sep-07(returned)] trip to Trivandrum went very satisfactorily. All the objectives of my trip were met also I could help Uncle and Aunt by delivering some goods to their daughter.

I am really worried about this trip from long time.It got postponed couple of times due to unavailability of tickets and all.I am thinking to go to Trivandrum from July but at last I could go now, at the end of August.I have been thinking how to bring my huge 4X6 Duroflex mattress, Computer table and chair all the way from Trivandrum to Bangalore.Also my orthodontic treatment went for toss as I didn’t visit any doctor since 24-Jan-07, the day before I started to Bangalore.

At last I found GATI to move my goods.Though they charged 2700 INR including packing charges of 1000 INR. I had no other option and am thinking their service will be good.I will confirm that once I receive my goods in Bangalore.I hope my goods will be intact :-))

Doctor visit also went well and he didn’t charge me anything extra for this visit as I paid him already.

I stayed for 2 days completely at Uncle’s house. Aunt even packed me lunch and dinner for my return journey as usual. I was very disappointed to see Uncle depressed for the reasons which are beyond his control.He was very different from how he was when I was there.He became weak both physically and mentally though Aunt is quite normal.Not that she has now worries but she could cope up with the situation I guess.But Uncle changed completely.He is unnecessarily worrying for smaller things.I sincerely pray God to help such a good people to get rid of all their troubles.

I couldn’t forget Jacob Uncle’s house where I spent my second stint in Trivandrum.That house gave me many memories to cherish.That is why I felt nostalgic when I entered that house to pack my belongings.I could still see all my BT and BW magazines, my Laptop and Furniture bills lying there.

The only two things I can never forget about Trivandrum are: [1] The love and affection shown by Philips Uncle and Elcy Aunt by treating me as their son [2] The house they rented to me.

Also in the return journey I was a bit irritated by people who didn’t buy reservation ticket but boarded my bogie.Cant help sometimes.My bogie was so much crowded because of them.Now that I was in happy state of mind, they couldn’t disturb me much.

I was surprised when Doctor Vinod Krishnan told that he found his name in one of my earlier blog posts when he was searching for his name in Google.

I should definitely visit Kerala and Trivandrum in particular along with Sailu sometime.

Moved to new Home

Just 2 hrs back I shifted everything from my old home to new home again in Electronics City in Bangalore suburb.This new home is also close to office. Just 15 minutes of brisk walk from work.

As Sailu is in Vemagiri, I had to do all alone and I did it finally.Felt very tired.Carried so much of weights to second floor all by myself. Ok. Past is past.Finally it is worth the effort.

What we feel we gained by moving to new home:

  1. This is brand new house and we are the first tenants.
  2. Looks better than old house in terms of flooring , fittings and other finishings.
  3. No need to walk on the muddy road.
  4. 24 hrs water supply.
  5. Water flows in kitchen sink tap unlike in old house.
  6. Bigger kitchen and bath room.
  7. One wash basin is provided in the hall.

Our previous home has none of the above comforts.So we thought its worth spending 250/- more for rent and 5K ( total 15K advance) more as advance.

Till yesterday I was worrying if I could do this today.So at last its past now and next challenge is to finish the Trivandrum trip successfully. I already fixed appointments with the doctor and parcel agent.Once I finish that trip too I can rest for sometime and concentrate again on other important things.

More about the trip once I come back on Monday.

Hyderabd Blasts

I was, for the first time in my life, really worried a lot after reading news about blasts in today’s Eenadu.

Many innocent people who had been to Lumbini Park and Gokul Chat just to have some good time with their loved ones became victims of some merciless terrorist master plan.So much of grief.

May their souls rest in peace.
May God grant strength to their loved ones.
May God save my Country and it’s people from these kind of heinous acts!!!

Amen!!!

KFC

Coming from KFC at Forum Mall. Gulped in 1 Zinger Burger, 3 Chicken Strips and a Brownie all for 191/- Rs.

I love KFC very much for what they serve.You will get value for money unlike McDonald’s.

Me in Trivandrum

Until February 2005, I just know Trivandrum as just any other capital city of some distant Indian state. Suddenly in February, then one of my senior manager mandated that I should go to Trivandrum on permanent basis from Hyderabad. Being a fresher in Software Industry, I had not much option. I could have created some cock-and-bull stories like many of my other colleagues, but being a professional I refrained from doing so.Also with me were 9 other colleagues. Bhanu, Arun, Gopi were close to me and Praneeth, whom we welcomed to ease our individual shares of our house-rent and other 5, Sundar, Vijay, Rajendra, Sukumar [ a psycho] and Nirmal [ a weirdo ] who too made their mind to go to Mallu Land.

Phase I

Start Date: Feb 17, 2005
End Date : Nov 25, 2005

We alighted Sabari Express at 1930 hrs on Feb 18, 2005. Then we went straight to our company-provided accommodation, Rajadhani, a 3 -star Hotel near Bakery Junction.Everyone looked strange.We were like aliens in Mallu Land.Surprised to see sweet chicken biryani topped with pine apple slice, closed shops at 8 PM, very very calm roads which made us feel like midnight at 9PM were just few of the surprises.Being a weekend, we went to Technopark, house for Software Industry in Trivandrum.We immediately managed to get into a 2BHK in Kazhakuttam near Technopark.Within a week after we reported to our new boss in CSP Trivandrum, we started hating everything about Trivandrum. This is just the beginning of our travails.

After that I spent 9 months cribbing, jogging early morning on Technopark by-pass till Toyota show room, playing mid night cricket, reading lots and lots of books, visiting the surrounding beaches, touring places like Kanyakumari, Attirapalli, and Cochin , experiencing the Kerala culture, wondering the surrounding coconut trees( wherever you go , coconut tree follows you in Kerala) , cursing the hotels where we eat our food, cursing the auto wallahs who also demand the return fare, requesting(read:begging) all our visiting senior managers for a transfer close to our homes.In July Praneeth left us. We were least bothered.Then we moved to new house to thinking to reduce our rent expense but were finally ended up paying more in terms of brokerage for a not-so-good house.Our math went wrong somewhere and we realized the mistake only after the damage has already happened.

Then slowly our dark era seemed to end.In November we saw decline in number of projects coming to our department in Trivandrum. So they started relieving people to other locations such as Chennai and Bangalore, but on short-term basis on the condition that we need to come back to Trivandrum. First Bhanu was sent to Chennai for few weeks which got extended furthur.Then came my chance Bangalore for 7 months [ One of the senior manager made it to 7 instead of 6, making all the short-term transfer benefits inapplicable for me. But again I didn’t bother much because I was so depressed that, I thought the very chance of going to Bangalore is a great benefit for me] . I thought I was so lucky among the bunch( which later proved very very wrong) after that Arun followed me within 2 weeks to Bangalore. So finally I got out of Trivandrum on 25th Of November.While leaving, I thought I will never come back to Trivandrum out of my choice.

This is the end of Phase I.

After that I faced worst of my professional life in Bangalore. I was depressed a lot not only because of my fate in office but also by the worst Bangalore infrastructure which took away gist out of my personal life. I used to waste my valuable evenings amidst irritating traffic jams on Hosur Road.These woes coupled with other dissatisfactions like exorbitant rents for a meager living spaces compelled me to rethink about Trivandrum.My skills and experience at that time were too inadequate to find another job.So I never tried seriously for a job shift at that point of time.I started appreciating best of Trivandrum then.I finally made my mind to shift to Trivandrum and successfully managed to get a nod from the manager who sent me to Bangalore.It wasn’t been easy too. But I somehow managed to go to Trivandrum. Sundar, who also came to Bangalore along with me from Trivandrum thinking of never returning again 🙂 was already there by the time I went back to Trivandrum.He went to Trivandrum couple of weeks earlier than me when I was in my 20 days vacation at my home in Vemagiri.

Phase II

Start Date: Aug 20, 2006
End date : Jan 29, 2007

I liked my life very much in my second stint in Trivandrum. I rented an independent 2 BHK in TKD Road, Muttada all for myself.I never shared it with anyone.I used to cook all myself. I bought my Lenovo Notebook.Even I started this blog from that house and best of the best thing that had happened to me: Sailu entered my life during that period itself. The people whom I can never forget are Mr Philpose and his family. They are real good people. He, Aunty, Her daughters, Smitha, a fellow Infoscion and Jasmine, who works for Visual Soft in Technopark.They treated me like their family member.If not for them, my second stint wouldn’t have been so smooth.They used to help me in every aspect.They treated me like their son.But for good or bad, this stint abruptly ended in Jan 2007 when I was called from Bangalore again for short term onsite assignment.I suddenly packed everything and headed to Bangalore.I preponed my engagement and wedding in the hurry to go onsite.But till today I am still here but thats different story.

My association with Trivandrum ended on Aug 17, 2007 when I got permanent transfer to Bangalore.I have nothing belonging to me in Trivandrum expect some items like huge 4X6 Duroflex mattress, my computer table and computer chair, which I am planning to bring on 1st of September.

Overall I had mixed experience with Trivandrum. I made some good friends and I learnt many good lessons.It has left many marks on my life.Some best, some good, some bad and some worse!

See the mobile bills I paid

Why cant mobile phone companies introduce some plans exclusively for would-be couples.They will get good profits in that segment.

Am suffering a lot due to lack of such plans.

My bill history

Month Bill Amount
——- ————
Oct-06 3125/-
Nov-06 3356/-
Dec-06 4457/-
Jan-07 6318/-
Feb-07 will definitely be any amount between 3K-4K or could exceed.

I learned that 1/- is the lowest price for which I can make STD call.

And there were days where I used to spend 300/- on mobile thinking that I have to bring it down next month!

Now I bought my bills significantly down.